The Curse of the Bambino

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Any Red Sox fan or baseball buff will tell you: The Sox haven't won a World Series since 1918. Certainly they've come close more times than they wish to remember. Did the unorthodox sale of the greatest baseball player who ever lived cause the Red Sox to be cursed forever?

With a wry sense of humor, Dan Shaughnessy traces the frustrating history of the Red Sox since Babe Ruth went to the Yankees. Here, he sheds light on some classic baseball ...
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Overview

Any Red Sox fan or baseball buff will tell you: The Sox haven't won a World Series since 1918. Certainly they've come close more times than they wish to remember. Did the unorthodox sale of the greatest baseball player who ever lived cause the Red Sox to be cursed forever?

With a wry sense of humor, Dan Shaughnessy traces the frustrating history of the Red Sox since Babe Ruth went to the Yankees. Here, he sheds light on some classic baseball conundrums—from Johnny Pesky's so-called hesitation throw in the 1946 World Series, to the horrifying dribbler that slithered between Bill Buckner's legs in the 1986 series against the Mets, and the expulsion of Roger Clemens in the final game of the 1990 League Championship Series against the Oakland A's. Lively and filled with anecdotes, this is baseball folklore at its best.

"A wonderful book that performs magnificently on every level—as history, as drama, and as pure entertainment." —Doris Kearns Goodwin

"Shaughnessy emerges as something like a jock's Hawthorne, evoking the muse and writing of witchcraft, foiled heroism, and the scarlet letter B upon every Red Sox fan's breast." —Scott Booth, The National

"The best history of the snake—bitten Boston Red Sox ever penned."—Larry King, USA Today

In one frenzied season, a book title has become imprinted in the consciousness of American sports fans. The Curse of the Bambino, a phrase Dan Shaughnessy has coined, will live in infamy for Red Sox fans because it summs up 70 years of horror and heartbreak which all began when Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees. With old-fashioned New England humor and the authority of a lifelong Red Sox fan, Dan Shaughnessy captures all the joys and heartbreaks that the curse of the Bambino has brought to Boston.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Boston Globe sportswriter Shaughnessy contends that the cash sale in 1920 of star Babe Ruth by his team, the Boston Red Sox, to the New York Yankees put a curse on the Beantown franchise that has prevailed for 70 years. In support of that argument, he reviews the history of the team--but with a difference. Most books about the Sox during this era may indulge in necessary masochism; Shaughnessy's is a super-deluxe masochism. He concentrates almost exclusively on end-season and post-season play, discussing in agonizing detail the team's four defeats in the World Series, its lack of success in the only two playoff games in league history, the collapse in the 1988 American League Championship Series--and all those times when the Bosox failed to lead their league or division by a single game or two. In story after story of near-triumph, the book should delight the team's most fanatically loyal followers, who will find it the verbal equivalent of a hair shirt. June
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140152623
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/1991
  • Series: Penguin Sports Library Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Shaughnessy is a sports columnist for the Boston Globe. He is the author of numerous books on Boston’s rich sports history, including Ever Green: The Story of the Boston Celtics and One Strike Away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2003

    Sadly Out of Date

    Just about everything in this book in regard to Ruth and Frazee has been proven wrong. It is an interesting study in gullibility, but little more, and be forewarned, it has very little to do with the recent HBO special - they were smart enough to use the idea of the book but not its contents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2003

    GREAT BASEBALL BOOK

    THE TRAGIC HISTORY OF THE BOSTON RED SOX WRITTEN BY A WRITTER FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE! ALL THE PAINFUL HEARTBREAK IS HERE IN A BOOK THAT IS VERY ENJOYABLE TO READ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2001

    The Great Bambino

    Great book for the whole family!!! They loved it. THat's why I give it two bambinos way up!!!

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